Orlando Pirates' new signing Bienvenu Eva Nga faced up to the agony of unsuccessful trials with at least eight clubs before getting his break into the PSL.
Eva Nga has joined Pirates after two years with Chippa United where he was the club’s top scorer last season with 10 goals.
Bidvest Wits opened doors for him in South Africa at the beginning of 2020 after top-scoring in Mozambique while with Costa do Sol.
While the Cameroonian will now enjoy the comforts of playing for one of the PSL’s heavyweights he has had it rough in the past.
Eva Nga played back home and in Gabon before proceeding to Malaysia in 2014 where the arrangement for trials turned sour upon arrival, after being suspected of being a drug dealer forcing him to move back to Africa.
He landed in Ethiopia but failed to land a club before taking a road trip to Uganda and Tanzania where he also found no luck during a horror spell in his life.
The 29-year-old hitchhiked into Mozambique where he met further rejection spending two years without a club despite training with eight clubs.
"In Mozambique, I suffered. I went to eight clubs on trials but wasn’t signed despite being told that I was a good player. I was told a lot of strange stories and left frustrated.
"My situation got so bad that when I was training at Liga Muculmana, I woke up at 05h00 to be able to make it to training at 09h00 because I had no transport money and nothing to eat.
"If ever I had anything to eat it was bread plus water mixed with sugar. That was the lowest point of my life," Eva Nga told this publication before.
After 30 months into his stay in Mozambique, he eventually signed for Grupo Desportivo de Maputo but wasn’t paid for all the six months that he spent there.
Fortunately, he had scored goals and suddenly all the clubs that he had unsuccessful trials with were now keen, but he joined ENH de Vilankulos which led to a move to Portugal via FC Chibuto.
In Portugal, he faced up further difficult conditions at Leixos SC and Amora FC earning only 1000 Euros before choosing to return to Mozambique joining Costa do Sol where he was the league’s top scorer in 2019 with 26 goals.
He was now earning USD2200 at the time and it was from Costa do Sol that he moved to Wits and then to Chippa.
Before signing for Pirates, Eva Nga attracted the interest of Kaizer Chiefs.